Experienced softball team opens new season Saturday
Feb 07, 2011
When one looks
over the history of the Tennessee Tech softball program, a few
things stand out. It could be the consistent play of the Tech teams
year-in and year-out. It could be the four appearances in the NCAA
Tournament and of course it could be head coach Tory Acheson
returning for his 13th season at the helm.
with him into the 2011 season an experienced group of players
including six seniors and five juniors in a 24-player roster. To
put things in perspective, during the previous two seasons the
Golden Eagles have featured only one senior since 2009.
hoping to cash in on the hard fought experiences over the last few
seasons,” head coach Tory Acheson said. “We will rely
on some established veterans to lead us back to the top of the
The Golden Eagle
softball team begins its 2011 season Saturday as it takes part in
the Georgia State Tournament. Tech begins with Syracuse and
finishes the day against the host Georgia State. The first pitches
are set for 9:00 and 11:15 a.m. CT.
in the outfield this season, Tech fans will see a combination of
some familiar and not so familiar faces. SeniorKaleigh
Gatesreturns for her
fourth installment as a member of the Golden Eagles and will be
looked too provide leadership as she takes over the centerfield
Leffreturns for her
third season after being named the team’s Best Defensive
Outfielder for the second straight season and will shore things up
in left field.
to see a veteran group in the outfield with five players competing
for a spot,” Acheson said. “We’re counting on our
outfield play to be a strength for us.”
additional two seasons of experience to the outfield corps. She
brings a solid glove to the table as she has committed only two
errors in 87 games played. Returning seniorsAbbey
Zdroikwill also earn
some time in the outfield.
experienced group will be three newcomers in juniorTabitha
Floyd. Each of these
players will have the opportunity to show what they can provide to
the team on the field.
Tech’s infield will feature a different array of talent
anchored by seniorLacie
infield looks to be very solid,” Acheson said. “Getting
Lacie back will improve the team’s consistency and the
capabilities in the
Twice voted the
team’s Most Valuable Player and the Best Defensive Infielder,
Coquerille returns for her senior season on the heels of another
fine season at second base. During her junior campaign, Coquerille
recorded 39 hits and scored 21 runs while maintaining a .277
batting average. She backed that up with another solid performance
in the field as she committed only one error while holding a .995
welcomes back a pair of members of the 2010 OVC all-newcomer team
Spaldingto take the
reigns at the corners.
Christian put up
great numbers during her freshman campaign. Leading the team with a
.328 batting average, she recorded a team-high 62 hits and scored a
team-leading 32 runs. She also paced the Golden Eagles on the base
paths posting 16 stolen bases in 18 attempts. Christian was named
Tech’s Freshman of the Year for her efforts and will be
looked to provide another solid year at the hot corner.
has got a bright future in front of her both offensively and
defensively,” Acheson said.
Spalding was not far behind Christian in 2010 as she hit for a .310
batting average and scored 25 runs while driving in 10. She also
showed patience at the plate as she ranked second on the team in
walks with 26 and put together a .431 on base percentage. She is
projected as the starter at first base.
had a solid freshman year,” Acheson said. “Her
performance down the stretch was part of our surge both on offense
and on defense.”
Everettwill be tabbed
as the go-to starter at shortstop after playing in 39 games during
her freshman season.
settled down well down the stretch at shortstop,” Acheson
said. “We’re hoping to have more stability in the
infield as a result.”
Schmidt returns for her final season behind the plate. Named
TTU’s Most Improved Player a season ago, Schmidt was one of
two Golden Eagles who played in every game last season and
maintained a steady .282 batting average. While helping to keep the
opponent power hitters in check last season, Schmidt provided quite
a bit of power when her turn came as she drove in a team-high 42
runs and knocked nine pitches over the fence. Schmidt’s
defense also stood out as she only made six errors for a .984
poised to have a strong senior campaign,” Acheson said.
“She has worked hard in the offseason and we’ll be
looking for her to provide offensively.”
Woowill shore up
Tech’s battery throughout the season.
two strong freshmen behind Callie in Emma and Kendall,”
Acheson said. “Callie won’t be needed to play every
inning of every game, but we know that she is capable of doing that
if we need her to.”
three pitchers who will contribute this season,” Acheson
team-high 16 wins in 2010 while maintaining a 2.81 ERA. During her
two seasons at Tech, she has won 30 games and tallied 261 strike
outs in 360 innings pitched.
the cornerstone of the staff,” Acheson said. “Last
season she showed what she is capable of contributing. We’re
counting on her to give us consistent performances throughout the
The team will
also look toWhitney
in and make an impact.
got quality innings in last season, Acheson said.
“We’re hoping she can fill a meaningful spot in the
has pitched here or there but we are counting on her to contribute
like a baseball close,” Acheson continued. “Her style
and skills are different and we’re counting on her giving
batters different looks to throw them off.”